1873: opening of the Kish˘za in the district of Hisamatsu-ch˘.
August 1879: the same theater reopens under the name of Hisamatsuza. The opening program is made up of the dramas "Osana Zakura Masago no Furisode", "Uchide no Tsuchimi Iri no ďkura", "Iromochi Gusa Ukina no Koiguchi" and "Chiyo Yorozu Yosakae no Hisamatsu", starring the actors Suketakaya Takasuke IV, Kataoka Gad˘ III, Onoe Tamiz˘ II, Ichikawa Kuz˘ III, Kataoka Ichiz˘ III, Nakamura Kanjaku III, Onoe Taganoj˘ II, Band˘ Hikojűr˘ I and Onoe Tamitar˘.
January 1883: last programs at the Hisamatsuza; the dramas "Jiraiya G˘ketsu Monogatari", "Gosho Zakura Horikawa no Youchi" and "Suibodai Got˘ no Ky˘kyaku" are staged with Nakamura Nakaz˘ III (zagashira), Ichikawa Kuz˘ III, Band˘ Kakitsu I, Onoe Taganoj˘ II, Band˘ Hikojűr˘ I, Nakamura Kaoru and Ogino Yaegiri IV (who celebrates his shűmei).
January 1885: two dances are staged at this theater, about to reopen in February 1885 with a new name, the Chitoseza. From the 4th to the 7th of January, two auspicious dances and a k˘j˘ with the troupe led by Ichikawa Danjűr˘ IX are staged. The sanbas˘ is staged with Ichikawa Sadanji I (Okina), Band˘ Kakitsu I (Senzai) and Onoe Kikugor˘ V (Sanbas˘). This is also the premiere of the Nagauta-based dance-drama "Tsuru Kame", which is staged with the following casting:
February 1885: the same theater reopens under the name of Chitoseza. The opening program is made up of the dramas "Senzai Soga Genji no Ishizue", "Yamabushi Settai", "Suitengű Rish˘ no Fukagawa" and "Kaze Kuruu Kawabe no Meyanagi", starring the actors Onoe Kikugor˘ V, Ichikawa Sadanji I, Band˘ Kakitsu I, Onoe Matsusuke IV, Kataoka Gad˘ III, Sawamura Gennosuke IV, Ichikawa Arajir˘ I, Sawamura Tanosuke IV, Onoe Einosuke, Nakamura Fukusuke IV, Band˘ Shűch˘ II, Ichikawa Shinz˘ V, Onoe Kikunosuke II and Nakamura Tsuruz˘ II.
1890: the Chitoseza is destroyed in a fire.
November 1893: the same theater reopens under the name of Meijiza. The opening program is made up of the dramas "Ishibashiyama Genji no Hataage", "Oatsurae", "Sono Uwasa Tatsuya Adanami" and "T˘yama Zakura Tenp˘ Nikki", starring the actors Ichikawa Danjűr˘ IX, Ichikawa Sadanji I, Ichikawa Gonjűr˘, Ichikawa Ennosuke I, Nakamura Fukusuke IV, Ichikawa Somegor˘ IV, Ichikawa Kodanji V, Ichikawa Shinz˘ V and Ichikawa Arajir˘ I.
October 1897: premiŔre at the Meijiza of Fukuchi ďchi's drama "ďmori Hikoshichi". The 2 leading roles are played by Ichikawa Danjűr˘ IX (ďmori) and Ichikawa Metora II (Princess Chihaya). The choreography is made by Hanayagi Jusuke I and the musical accompaniment is made by Kishizawa Nakasuke.
March 1899: premiere at the Meijiza of the drama "Kurotegumi Kuruwa no Tatehiki", which gathers the main scenes from the sukerokumono part of Kawatake Shinshichi II's 1858 drama "Edo Zakura Kiyomizu Seigen". It is staged with the following casting:
1904: modernization of the Meijiza.
1 September 1923 (11:58 AM): T˘ky˘ is destroyed by a powerful earthquake called Kant˘ Daijishin, which kills more than 200,000 people; the Meijiza is burnt to ashes.
1924: the Suehiroza, a little theater in the district of Azabu Jűban, becomes a temporary Meijiza.
1928: reopening of the Meijiza in the district of Hama-ch˘.
February 1929: premiere at the Meijiza of Kimura Tomiko's Nagauta-based dance "Nomitori Otoko", with a choreography and a musical accompaniment made by Hanayagi Jusuke II and Kineya Sakichi IV. The leading role is played by Ichikawa Ennosuke II.
September 1930: revival at the Meijiza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's masterpiece "Sakura Hime Azuma Bunsh˘". The new script is written by Iwaya Shin'ichi and the play is produced under the title "T˘ryű Azuma Bunsh˘" with the following casting:
September 1939: premiere at the Meijiza of Kimura Tomiko's dance "Kokaji" (a N˘ drama adapted for Kabuki), which mixes Nagauta and Gidayű musical accompaniments. The leading role of the God Inari is played by Ichikawa Ennosuke II.
10 March 1945 (00:08 AM): 344 US Army B29 bombers drops 2,000 tons of bombs on T˘ky˘, killing more than 120,000 people and destroying almost everything; the Meijiza is burnt to ashes.
December 1950: reopening of the Meijiza.
December 1954: premiere at the Meijiza of Kawaguchi Matsutar˘'s revision of Chikamatsu Monzaemon's drama "Daiky˘ji Mukashi Goyomi"; it is entitled "Osan Mohei" and it is staged with the following casting:
March 1956: premiere in Kabuki at the Meijiza of H˘j˘ Hideji's drama "Ii Tair˘", which is staged with the following casting:
1957: the Meijiza is destroyed by fire.
1958: reopening of the Meijiza.
April 1976: revival at the Meijiza of Katsu Genz˘ III's drama "Ogasawara S˘d˘", which is staged with the following casting:
April 1979: historic revival at the Meijiza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV long-forgotten play "Haji Momiji Ase no Kaomise" (commonly called "Date no Jűyaku", in English "the ten roles of Date"), whose plot and characters belong to the "Meiboku Sendai Hagi" and "Kasane" worlds. The play is produced by Ichikawa Ennosuke with the following casting:
April 1981: premiere at the Meijiza of the dance "Taik˘ Sanbas˘", which is staged within Nagawa Sh˘suke's drama "Sennari Hisago Mashira no Kaomise"; Ichikawa Ennosuke III plays the role of Toyotomi Hideyoshi performing the sanbas˘'s dance.
April 1987: revival of the drama "Jűni Hitoe Komachi Zakura", which includes the famous Tokiwazu-based dance-drama "Tsumoru Koi Yuki no seki no To". The line-up is made up of the actors Ichikawa Ennosuke (Sekibŕ, ďtomo no Kuronushi), Jitsukawa Enjaku III, Sawamura S˘jűr˘ IX, Ichikawa Monnosuke VII (Yoshimine Munesada), Arashi Tokusabur˘ VII, Nakamura Shinjir˘, Band˘ Yajűr˘, Ichikawa Danshir˘, Kataoka Roen, Nakamura Kotar˘ V (the courtesan Sumizome, the spirit of Komachi's cherry tree), Ichikawa Ukon, Ichikawa Emiya (Ono no Komachi) and Ichikawa Koyone II. A new script is written by Tobe Ginsaku.
1990 ~ 1993: renovation of the Meijiza.
The Meijiza in December 1902
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